Saving Grace

I will begin with a single statement: if you do not already subscribe to Quadrant, then you should; it is the best political magazine of conservative thought in the world and I read them all. Subscribe here. Here is only part of the reason why.

Both TAFKAS and myself wrote posts in reaction to a Weekend Australia article by Katrina Grace Kelly: Public safety becomes a casualty to the culture wars. This was his: Safety, and this was mine: Australians watching American politics according to The Oz. To understand what she wrote, I will provide the following from Spartacus:

In her piece this past weekend, titled Public safety becomes a casualty to the culture wars, Kelly writes some “unusual” things.  To start with, it was a very odd mashing of Covid management in Australia, the US and the performance of President Trump.

This aside, it is Kelly’s closing paragraph that got to TAFKAS:

Voters expect politicians to do everything to keep them safe, and many will vote along these lines.

I just shortened her argument to, “Save me, she begs, save me.” You get the idea.

Then I turned to my latest Quadrant which I always go through from end to end and read through every article that interests me, which most do. But not everything, and this was an article I expected to pass over, titled: The Sea. Turned out it was an investigation of the literature in relation to The Sea as a metaphor of danger. And then in the midst of this wonderful article, there was a passage from The Book of Common Prayer, which brought me back to that pathetic article by Princess Grace:

O most powerful and glorious Lord God, at whose command the winds blow, and lift up the waves of the sea, and who stillest the rage thereof; We, thy creatures, but miserable sinners, do in this our great distress cry unto thee for help; Save, Lord, or else we perish.

I am afraid Ms Kelly is a lost soul. She has lost touch with G-d; she can think of no other to save her woebegone self from the dangers of life but the Government. There are many lost souls such as herself who seek salvation in the hands of government from whom no salvation can ever be found. She turns, of all things, to Joe Biden. If it weren’t so tragically sad it might be funny. She is a metaphor for our times.

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34 Responses to Saving Grace

  1. stackja

    Socialism didn’t save USSR or East Europe regimes.

  2. C.L.

    …she can think of no other to save her woebegone self from the dangers of life but the Government.

    Indeed.

    O most powerful and glorious Lord God, at whose command the winds blow, and lift up the waves of the sea, and who stillest the rage thereof; We, thy creatures, but miserable sinners, do in this our great distress cry unto thee for help; Save, Lord, or else we perish.

    Now that, my friends, is beauty.

  3. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Steve, is it any wonder people look for salvation by entirely earthly means?
    Thousands of years of metaphysics and theology and humanity still has not established the existence of any god, much less determined that only one particular middle-eastern religion speaks for Her accurately.
    You can’t fault people for giving up looking for signs from above and just muddling through life as best they can, asking other sources of organised force for help opportunistically.
    It makes sense that since most of our problems were created by people, we the people must have the power to fix them too. The only angels we need are the only ones we’re ever likely to get; the better angels of our nature as Lincoln (and Solzhenitsyn in different terms) described it.

  4. C.L.

    Two women who’ve summarised this age well:

    Sarah Hoyt:

    More than time. It’s time to remember you’re not going to live forever. And if you’re hiding under your bed in fear of an illness more than 99% of people survive, you’re not going to live at all.

    Heather MacDonald:

    Under today’s safetyism mentality, sacrifice and risk-taking become unthinkable. The martial virtues of courage and stoicism have been sidelined and pathologized. When Trump briefly left Walter Reed on Sunday in a motorcade to greet supporters, a doctor at the hospital complained that the Secret Service agents in Trump’s limousine ‘might get sick. They may die.’ These are the same Secret Service agents who are expected to take a bullet for a president. They were behind a plexiglass barrier in the car; all occupants were masked. Under our feminized ethos, showing resoluteness during a crisis, reassuring the public about one’s well-being, are no longer positive traits in a leader; they are violations of maximal risk aversion.

  5. Megan

    Great quotes, C.L.

    I’m so tired of the sookiness. It’s absolutely everywhere and the sooks cannot be challenged or placated for they are lost in the fear.

  6. Ozman

    Colonel Crispin Berka
    #3616297, posted on October 12, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Steve, is it any wonder people look for salvation by entirely earthly means?
    Thousands of years of metaphysics and theology and humanity still has not established the existence of any god, much less determined that only one particular middle-eastern religion speaks for Her accurately.
    ….The only angels we need are the only ones we’re ever likely to get; the better angels of our nature as Lincoln (and Solzhenitsyn in different terms) described it.

    If history is any guide, only one person has been said to have risen from the dead. As a consequence, billions of people since 31 CE have testified that He lives, even if there are billions of people on Earth today who disagree. Lincoln (April 15, 1865) and Solzhenitsyn (died: August 3, 2008) didn’t rise from the dead.

    Not sure I would put my trust in anyone who is in the same boat that I am in when its end is inevitable and we all are going to end down under when it sinks. This has made me think of the how easy it is to be an atheist.

  7. mem

    CL
    I have not heard the word sook or sookiness for ages. But it is a word that in a contemporary sense follows from being PC. If you are PC you are always contained, constrained and dependent on the grand pooh bah of government/bureaucracy/peer group to define your space and therefore save you from wandering outside the boundaries.

  8. Nob

    I subscribe to Quadrant, if for nothing else just to keep its voice alive.

    It has some rubbish but also has good stuff that it’s increasingly harder to find anywhere else.

    There are two more serious dangers to it:
    Wikipedia has now deemed it an unreliable source, (seemingly due to the unchecked partisan activities of a couple of Australian leftwing activist Wiki editors) and won’t allow references to it, even on matters of opinion where the only record of that opinion is by the author of that opinion in Quadrant.

    At least some Google Chrome versions or security software blocks access under “safe search” protocol, as I found when I went to follow a link on my work PC yesterday.

  9. Win

    Is’nt there something about “stiff necks” mentioned in that amazing price of literature. History repeats itself,Grace .

  10. Crossie

    Grace has evolved and from what I understand it was in a reaction to a personal misfortune. Sad that it made her weaker and not stronger. This year is truly annus horribilis.

  11. PB

    Voters expect politicians to do everything to keep them safe, and many will vote along these lines.

    We should amend that to “female” voters expect…. since being “brave and courageous” replaced traditional marriage and the protections inherent.

  12. The more that voters expect government to solve and address all ills, the more that government starts to view itself as God.

  13. Mater

    I think C. S. Lewis’s “Learning in Wartime” (1939) offers some excellent perspective.

    Eg.

    The third enemy is fear. War threatens us with death and pain. No man — and specially no Christian who remembers Gethsemane — need try to attain a stoic indifference about these things, but we can guard against the illusions of the imagination. We think of the streets of Warsaw and contrast the deaths there suffered with an abstraction called Life. But there is no question of death or life for any of us, only a question of this death or of that – of a machine gun bullet now or a cancer forty years later. What does war do to death? It certainly does not make it more frequent; 100 per cent of us die, and the percentage cannot be increased. It puts several deaths earlier; but I hardly suppose that that is what we fear….

  14. Bruce of Newcastle

    John Hinderaker has some interesting poll numbers which are relevant to this story:

    The Partisan Split on Coronavirus Is Extraordinary | Power Line (12 Oct)

    To recast an old formula, it appears that Republicans are from Mars and Democrats are from Venus. I don’t know how else to explain the deep gulf that separates Democrats from Republicans when it comes to the Wuhan flu. Check out these numbers[*], from Gallup

    Katrina Grace has been red-pilled lefty, coming up through the union movement then escaping. I suspect though that it’s harder to escape the mindset than it is the organisation.

    (* I’ve direct linked the original tweet, click on the chart for a legible size.)

  15. Dianeh

    Bruce,

    Those poll results are eye opening.

    Democrats (and all lefties) tend to be like herd animals, relying on the herd for food, shelter, socialising and safety.

    Republicans (conservative and libertarians) tend to be like cats. Individuals that can’t be herded.

  16. I once thought of subscribing to Quadrant, but then considered how many articles I actually read. Ones by Tony Thomas, Peter Smith and a few others are generally quite enjoyable as they are usually short and to the point. However, most of the others are long, rambling, essays where you lose the plot after a few paragraphs as the article drifts from one idea to another. As mark Twain is wont to have said, ‘I would have written a shorter letter if I’d had the time’. These authors should take note.

  17. DD

    This conservative tends more to canine. Independence and group strength to achieve the shared objective.

    In addition, this battle is between good and evil. Which side does government fall? I side with those in peril in the sea.

  18. Steve

    “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety,
    deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  19. duncanm

    CL

    The martial virtues of courage and stoicism have been sidelined and pathologized.

    stoicism is fortunately having a bit of a revival.

  20. bollux

    What has happened to Grace? Has Daniel Andrews threatened her or is the thing inside her that drew her into the Union movement refusing to die a natural death?

  21. Steve

    I think that once people realize that there a constantly waged war on Godly values , then a lot of stuff snaps into focus.

    From my perspective as a ( conservative ) Christian, its clear that in reading Rev 22 we see an allegory of present day and the decline of morality , which appears by design :

    “14 Blessed are those who wash their robes,c so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by its gates.
    15 But outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”

    There is way more going on in this world than people can physically see. I have seen so many million to one things come off, mathematically it goes way beyond coincidence.

    Intersting times….

  22. duncanm

    I find it strange that she expects us to trust government when it was the cause of her life’s largest pain.
    Separation from her mother.

  23. duncanm

    Steve
    #3616559, posted on October 13, 2020 at 9:19 am

    From my perspective as a ( conservative ) Christian, its clear that in reading Rev 22 we see an allegory of present day and the decline of morality ,

    Steve,

    as an atheist, I see that as two things:
    1/ its all happened before. Its how all civilisations end
    2/ the Bible being a very wise tome by which to live, and despite my atheism, I strongly believe the west has much to thank for the christian founding of the west.

  24. Steve

    mem

    I think people have switched off to the reality that PC is an arbitrary and stupid construct.

    PC is a legislated / codefied version of what the feared russian Commissars used to police – the correct Party line, where disobedience could equate to death.

    PC – *political* correctness. Not moral rightness nor common sense, but an arbitrary bureaocrat-driven version of a twisted reality….its highly Kafska-esque…

  25. Annie

    I have had a favourite saying for years: ‘To move is to risk death, not to move is to be dead already.’.

    My husband’s favourite is: ‘Movement is life!’.

  26. yarpos

    Jeez if religion is the better alternative i guess we really are in trouble

    Different set of old men, just in robes this time.

  27. Roger

    Jeez if religion is the better alternative i guess we really are in trouble

    As the saying goes, culture is downstream from religion.

    Lose your religion and you are lost, without a compass to guide you through life, as it were.*

    Then along comes big government promising to take care of you from the cradle to the grave in retrun for your soul (i.e. loyalty).

    * Some people can happily live by their own lights, but they are in a distinct minority and they will find that public dissent that challenges bid daddy government will not be tolerated because it will constitute an attack on the well being (supposedly) of the majority.

  28. Enyaw

    Megan ..We have nothing to fear ..but fear it’s self…..Rooseveldt .FDR.

  29. Bruce

    Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
    P. J. O’rourke

    A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
    Edward R. Murrow

    A government, which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul.
    George Bernard Shaw

    “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”
    Gerald R. Ford

  30. Bruce of Newcastle

    As the saying goes, culture is downstream from religion.

    I’d go further and say that when a population abandons religion all that happens is they just develop their own replacement religion, and a culture to go with it. Human nature abhors a vacuum. So Lefty culture is an outgrowth of the Lefty syncretist Marxist-Green religion, which seems to’ve chosen everything bad that religion has ever evinced.

  31. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Quadrant examines a wide range of issues in a depth and quality of analysis rarely found elsewhere in Australian magazine publishing. The left disgracefully malign this magazine which, unlike leftist magazines of nothing like the same intellectual and literary quality, receive generous Australia Council and other government funding. Quadrant relies on its subscriber base for support. Most magazines of the left would fail without government support. Quadrant is worth paying for and supporting for its intellectual range and honesty. It caters to many interests and tastes.

  32. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Safety without freedom is not a long-term option. End lOckdowns and let people assess their own risks. Grace can cower at home but at 78 that doesn’t suit me. I take sensible precautions, maintain health and fitness, and go out.

  33. kae

    I am a subscriber.

    Some good reads in there!

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